The effect of sediment source changes on pollen records in Lake Sediments

N. J. Pittam, T. M. Mighall, I. D.L. Foster*

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A major focus of palynological research has been to assess the various pathways by which pollen is delivered to sedimentary archives. In open lake systems, the contribution of streamborne pollen to lake sediments is thought to be highly significant. Despite this, little research has attempted to identify changes in the pollen record that might be attributed to changing sediment pathways rather than to changes in vegetation. This research aims to partially redress this gap by examining a dated pollen sequence from Kyre Pool, Worcestershire, England. The results presented in this paper suggest that some changes in sediment source, as determined by a fingerprinting approach, can influence the pollen record reconstructed from a lake sediment profile.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Interactions Between Sediments and Water
EditorsB Kronvang, J Faganeli, N Ogrinc
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)1402054777, 9781402054778
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • lake sediment
  • pollen
  • sediment fingerprinting
  • taphonomy


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